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  • A Tesla Model S drives outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • A worker assembles a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • A robot puts on the top of a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • A worker works on the Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • Assembly workers put together a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • A worker inspects a Tesla Model S car at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • Assembly workers inspect a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • Robots assembly a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Tesla has knocked off Toyota as the biggest auto employer in the state of California, employing over 6,000 people to the Japanese company's 5,300. That lead is only likely to grow, as the EV manufacturer prepares to add another 500 jobs by the end of the year, and as Toyota begins its relocation to its new North American headquarters in Texas. The news comes barely a week after the company announced a $50 million loss during the first quarter of 2014.

Tesla's statewide employment could be set to double, beyond even 6,500 people, if it follows through on rumors to construct its eagerly awaited gigafactory in the Golden State. The $5-billion venture could add another 6,500 employees, making Tesla not just the largest automotive employer in the state, but making it one of the largest employers in the state full stop.

The investment of Tesla and its founder (and real-life Tony Stark), Elon Musk, has been substantial. The company has added 3,000 employees in the state since 2013, reopening the Toyota and General Motors joint-venture factory that use to be known as NUMMI in 2009 and constructing a design studio in Los Angeles, all in addition to its Palo Alto headquarters.


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      scraejtp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope the gigafactory is not in California. Higher costs for the manufacturer mean higher costs for the consumer.
        porosavuporo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scraejtp
        Operating a high tech modern factory, heavily automated and stuffed with robots, could actually cheaper with a workforce that is tech savvy enough to NOT call to check if a fax has been received. California may actually have an edge.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scraejtp
        Transporting heavy products hundreds of miles, is more expensive than the slightly higher wages of a few thousand workers.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scraejtp
        It will make getting the resources to the gigafactory cheaper which will in turn balance out the extra cost to transport the packs.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla is the future. Toyota, a company that still can't capitalize off the fact that wealthy people love the Prius, is the past.
        mic414
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        The electric car is very likely the future, Tesla, not necessarily. They ride on the wave of a huge hype, but I'm sure any of the more technologically advanced and well-funded car companies could match or best Tesla in technology. They just didn't do it, as currently it's not a profitable business. Don't be mistaken: despite TSLA's meteoric rise as a stock, Tesla the company is not really making meaningul amounts of money. As soon as technology and market acceptance makes electric cars profitable, every other car company will start rolling out electric cars. And those other companies have a lot more capital, global market reach, manufacturing experience etc. than Tesla.
          superlightv12
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mic414
          The real key to the success of Tesla is that they are investing in the infrastructure to make owning an electric car viable for everyone. Other companies can build what they want, but they are all playing catch-up because you can buy a Tesla now and drive it across the country. You just can't say that about any other EV made.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mic414
          The problems faced by the big car companies are the result of very specific policies that Tesla is actually avoiding... so it is NOT inevitable that they will face similar problems when they scale up. Direct sales model, and virtually no long term maintenance... eliminate most of the customer related problems of other automakers. The batteries are the only item needing replacement. And those can be swapped within 90 seconds. So, after 5 - 8 years.... when batteries start needing replacement... the costs are estimated to be $150 - $180 kwh for a new pack... and old packs will have a 50% - 70% residual value that can easily be sold for stationary storage applications. So it won't be surprising to see a Mode S 85P+ owner paying $6,300 when it comes time to completely refresh the car in the future. BTW, cell phones and laptops have ZERO thermal management, and very weak charge management. Therefore, they don't last. But since they last as long as the obsolescence period of the device... nobody cares. Cars need to last 20 years..... and besides the batteries, the motor is really the only moving part, and can easily last that long and more.
          Technoir
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mic414
          It is usually the start ups that are responsible for changing the game, not huge corporations. It's counter intuitive, but true. Bill Gates once said he wasn't concerned about what comes out of IBM's labs, but he is worried about what the little guy is working on in his garage.
          NestT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mic414
          By the time other car companies roll out road worthy electric cars Tesla will be the accepted leader in BEVs and people will trust their BEVs more. Plus, Tesla will have a fully built out Supercharger network. No one else will have more expertise manufacturing road worthy(not city cars) BEVs . And Tesla will have better economies of scale when it comes to the key component of Battery Electric Vehicles, the battery. They will have at least one battery Gigafactory maybe several. GM,Ford,and Fiat-Chrysler outsource their electrical engineering. Their core competency is internal combustion engines. They need to rebuild their electrical engineering department. The foreign headquartered OEMs have done this to a lesser degree. All the other companies have massive legacy cost like pensions for large number of retirees, outdated factories, high cost distribution systems no longer optimized for the internet age, and the compulsion to keep funding future ICE programs and completely stupid fuel cell programs. Without any doubt Tesla is the most likely American auto company to still be around in 30 years. Tesla can find all the capital it can use in the open capital markets. Tesla can reach any market in the globe that it wants. Thirty years from now Tesla may not be the biggest auto company by units sold but it will be the most profitable.
          JB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mic414
          Mic, If Tesla's reviews were not so shining and there sales were so-so, I would believe you. If Tesla wanted to, they could just throttle back investment in the future and show a huge profit.
      i.own.your.ass
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bailout count down begins
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @i.own.your.ass
        I'm sorry that someone else's success makes your life the sad pathetic joke it apparently is that you get a small thrill from putting them down.
          i.own.your.ass
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          Wasn't my tax dollars So I don't care...entertaining though
      kb
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love Tesla, but that's not really saying anything great about Tesla, that's just saying something terrible about California.
      ilike.myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see brainless teabag happy f@ppers have flooded this thing!! You suck you dumb aholes and your destroying america! If you love corparations so much you can move to china where they fuking send our jobs and then you can have your god damn capitalism! Republitards and all these damn richass corps can go to hell!
        lendersmith
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ilike.myself
        There are 2 huge male nurses looking for you, - that have your new jacket ready and want you to try it on.
        lndigolfer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ilike.myself
        You must've been dropped on your head as a child.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ilike.myself
        Message from the Left: Please stay off our side.
      ThucBiDza
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because everyone else left?
      ilike.myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      Coraprations suck! stop supporting them!
        AnOld BlackMarble
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ilike.myself
        Move to the woods and build your own car by mining your own raw materials. I'm sure you can do it.
        lndigolfer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ilike.myself
        So stop supporting them buy turning off your computer.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ilike.myself
        How are you typing this comment? On a computer build (in whole or in part) by corporations. Your Internet provider. And AOL. Not to mention the dozen or so intermediary corporations that handle the behind-the-scenes infrastructure between your computer and the web server.
      ilike.myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buy us made cars!
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ilike.myself
        you sure seem to have mental problems
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          That seems like a rather abrupt judgement. Was it based on interpreting the user name "ilike.myself" as a characteristic of a narcissistic personality? Or was it a lack of punctuation and capitalization for what I assume is supposed to be "U.S." ? If it's down to capitalization and punctuation, physician heal thyself. Hang on, I've got it - the unarguable proof - he posted to Autoblog: “But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad." "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn't have come here.”
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          ...and then I scroll down and read ilike.myself's comments below. :)
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota would be smart to buy Tesla.
        mikoprivat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        that would be the end of Tesla's good reputation. You are dumber than dumb or work in the toyota factory as a janitor
        Hal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Tesla would be foolish to sellout.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Tesla Top Automotive Company"
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla's biggest advantage is a leader not hamstrung by unions or tradition.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a joke Because every auto manufacture is leaving this state duhhhhhh Can you report as to why manufacturing is leaving the rust state of California. Can some one do some real reporting.. Raytheon Catalina yatchs 95% of furniture manufactures.. OK Just keep your head in the sand if you want to.
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